Principal's Message

  • Dear Capuchino Students and Families,


    I hope this message finds you and your family well. As we embark on the 2023-24 school year, I am excited to start the school year with a complete administrative team that will work together to support your child during their high school journey. For our new families joining us this coming year, we will be working hard to support your students transitioning into high school and connecting them with resources and school activities. This will ensure that they have a sense of belonging while pushing them academically.


    This coming spring we will be completing our WASC accreditation process, which started last fall. Our report intends to highlight areas of success and identify areas of growth that we will need to address moving forward. The Visiting team will come in the Spring semester to meet with various stakeholders and provide a final report which will then be shared with the staff and community. We look forward to presenting the amazing work we are doing and showcase our amazing community.


    Capuchino has served San Bruno youth and families for over 71 years, fostering learning, individual growth, and empowering our students to make a positive impact in  their communities. Our student scholars are remarkable in every regard, and we thank you for entrusting us with this amazing responsibility. Our school goal is for all students to graduate demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to be prepared for college and career, which is anchored in our IB learner profile. 


    As an IB School, Capuchino is a unique, comprehensive high school. This includes a rigorous and coherent set of academic expectations, intentional social/emotional support, along with an immensely talented staff who will foster community in a variety of contexts, most importantly in each classroom on campus. It also means a commitment to International Mindedness, anti-racsit practices, and racial justice. An example of our goal toward a  school centered on racial equity, is our CHS Black Student Union (BSU), who created this campus mural which was launched in August, 2021. Their work was endorsed by our School Site Council (SSC) and will hang outside of the ‘D’ Building for the 2023-24 school year. Our SAGA Club is also working on a mural that should be completed this school year which our School Site Council (SSC) also supported. 


    For the coming year, and beyond, we will continue to revise our curriculum, reflect on interactions, continue to build school connectedness with students/staff and challenge assumptions to ensure that each of our students are well supported for a successful future. There is no more important duty  than providing each of our students with an equitable school experience. To learn more about our school and the IB Programme, please click here. Finally, more information regarding our school values and the IB Learner Profile can be found in our mission statement found here


    Our staff is rested and rejuvenated, and is excited to welcome back our students on  August 16th.  I am excited to continue learning about all the amazing things our students do here at Cap, and get to know our family community as well. 


    Go Mustangs!

    Jose A. Gomez 

    Jose A. Gomez 




    2023-24 Updates & Information


    Brunch/Lunch Service

    All students will be able to receive meal service while on campus at no cost. Students will show their School ID at a cart or the cafeteria to receive brunch/lunch. All families are still encouraged to fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Applications for other school cost savings.


    Learning Schedule & Calendar for 2023 

    This is our upcoming Learning/bell schedule for the 2023-24 school year. There were some changes to the bell schedule as a result of input from the district bell schedule committee.  Linked here is our school district calendar  


    CHS 9th Grade Family Orientation 

    We will be holding a presentation in the main theater to go over updates that are relevant to 9th grade families and respond to questions about the upcoming school year. Tuesday, August 8th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  


    Extra-Curricular Activities

    We seek to engage each of our students in at least one extracurricular activity. This includes athletics, music, drama, dance, leadership, and clubs. Information regarding athletic clearance and athletic packet.  If we don’t yet have a Student Club for which you are passionate, let’s help you start one!


    Growth Fund Donations

    Our school Growth Fund allows us to support important school initiatives that are tied to our Mission and Vision of our school. Our 2023-24 fundraising goal is $30,000. If you are able, we ask that each family donate $200 per student, but of course any amount is greatly appreciated. The link to donate can be found here.


    Parent/Guardian Participation

    A big part of the CHS community includes parent/guardian participation. Linked here you will find information on each of the various groups. We hope that you will consider joining one or more of the various parent/guardian organizations!


    Student Data Confirmation (Required)

    The San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) requires that each family complete the summer data confirmation every year. Each family receives a letter in the mail that includes a code. Please utilize your Aeries portal to enter the code and complete the data confirmation.(Login to the Aeries Parent Portal. If you have not used Aeries before, click “Create New Account,” and answer all required fields.) If you have any challenges or did not receive a letter, please contact

    Student Orientations & Registration

    Student orientation and registration will take place on the dates/times listed below. Additional information on these events can be found here in the July registration email that was sent out.



    (All pages referenced here are in our Student/Family Handbook, available under Quick Links on our website:

    • All students must complete the registration process prior to the first day of school, Wednesday, August 16.

    • Complete District Online Aeries Data Confirmation (through Aeries Parent Portal)

    • (10th-12th Graders Only) Return textbooks & pay outstanding school fees

    • Yearbook and ID pictures will be taken at Registration and students will receive their Capuchino ID card.  Please dress appropriately.

    Optional for Registration:

    • Cash or Check(s) for ordering school items or for school donations (pp. 54-58)


    • Senior Portrait appointments occur throughout the summer and into September. Deadline for Senior portraits to be included in the yearbook is Oct 12, 2023. During the summer, appointment postcards were sent to our Class of 2024 to the address on file.  To check or change your appointment contact or call Lifetouch at 1-877-825-7922. 

    The dates for each grade level are listed below. Please come at your designated time.

    Location: Start near Main Office off Millwood Drive 



    Last Name


    Welcome Day 9th Grade and Transfer Students at Main Gym

    See info below 

    Tuesday, August 8

    By last name





    9th Grade Family Orientation

    Tuesday, August 8


    6-7 PM

    11th Grade Registration

    Wednesday, August 9

    A - I

    9 - 10 AM

    J - Z

    10 - 11 AM

    12th Grade Registration 

    Wednesday, August 9

    A - I

    12 - 1 PM

    J - Z

    1 - 2 PM

    9th Grade Registration

    Thursday, August 10

    A - I

    9 - 10 AM

    J - Z

    10 - 11 AM

    10th Grade Registration

    Thursday, August 10

    A - I

    12 - 1 PM

    J - Z

    1 - 2 PM

    Transfer Students and Make-Ups 

    Friday, August 11


    9 - 11 AM

    Note: Students who are not able to attend our registration days may pick up their schedule at 8am on the first day of school on August 16th (data confirmation needs to be completed). For further questions about registration, please contact Assistant Principal, Michalis Gordon at